1930s

Lutterloh 1938 floral dress

By on July 11, 2013

I wanted to share one of my latest sewing projects with you. It’s a 1938 Lutterloh pattern from one of the Lutterloh books I have.

There were some difficulties with the pattern. I used the special ruler which you need to draft the minature patterns and made a first muslin. It was one big disaster. There were so many fitting issues.

I decided to do things differently and drafted my own pattern. I had a lot of help from my sewing teacher, because I never drafted raglan sleeves before.

I also didn’t know what to do with the neckline (see picture below). I wanted a black bow collar but the result wasn’t like what I imagined. So I removed the collar and added a seperate blow. Now the necklkine looked too plain. Then I got another idea, adding a black trim. To give the neckline a subtle black accent.

In the end I’m very happy with the result. You can read more about the dress on my blog!

 

 

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1940s | Vintage Sewing

Mrs Depew 1028

By on June 29, 2013

I had a bit of a sewing slump the last couple of weeks, and to get back on track I thought about sewing something easy. I ordered this beret pattern a while ago and it was a perfect sewing project with quick results. Even for me! I’m not really a fast sewer.

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 Taking pictures of the beret was pretty difficult. A lot of the pictures turned out to be unsharp and it’s very hard to photograph black velvet. And when you’re not in the right angle a beret might look a bit weird. Also I had some trouble with my hair. It was a bit rebellious. It’s still not perfect, but I wanted to share the pictuers anyway.

 

The pattern itself is very basic with very little sewing directions. You have to draw the pattern pieces yourself. The measurements are given in a illustration. The pattern has directions for different kind of ornaments like the bird and a ‘knot of fabric’. 

I was inspired with the 3rd view, but didn’t want to make a knot because it would be too bulky with velvet. Instead I drafted a bowlike thingy. The head entrance is very small, therefore I cut away some fabric to make it fit my head.

 

 I wanted to line the beret because it’s a neater finish. I used a houndstooth lining. Also because you have to cut away a lot of fabric and the unfinished edges are leaving small fluffs of fabric. I thought it’s better to leave the edges behind a lining. 

 

 Because I wanted this beret to be versatile I decided to make the decoration removable. That’s why I pinned it to the beret with a safety pin. The fabric is  quite thick, so I decided to line the pieces with houndstooth lining fabric. You can remove both pieces and turn it backwards to give the beret another look.

 

I wore the beret with my Sew for Victory blouse and my black suspender skirt. 

 I’m thinking about making other ornaments using different colors and shapes so I can vary from time to time! Oh and my next one will be in another color, so you can see more of the details!

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1950s

Simplicity 2043

By on June 7, 2013

I just finished this dress in time, because it seems that summer is finally starting here!

The pattern I used is Simplicity 2043. I really love the details of this dress. The skirt has pleats. There are also pleats at the waist of the front and back bodice. The shoulder seam of the front is gathered. I love the notched collar and the buttons. I made this dress of a floral cotton fabric. The fabric is a little sheer so I lined it with a white cotton.

I made my first fabric covered belt ever! I was always a bit scared of the eyelets part. It didn’t turned out perfect, but for a first time I shouldn’t complain.

I haven’t made any changes to the pattern except using less fabric for the hem. Instead of 3 inches, I made a 5 inch hem.

You can read more on my blog!

Enjoy your weekend!

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1960s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Brigitte Dress

By on May 12, 2013

This is the story of the Brigitte Dress:

  

 Starting after almost a year with this sewing project was quite difficult. Firstly, because I lost my traced and graded patterns due to the fire we had last summer. I still have the original pattern, but it is size 3jp, which is very very small! I didn’t feel like starting all over again, because I made quite some changes to the original pattern and that took a lot of time.

Things didn’t get easier when I realised I missed a gingham skirt piece I already had cut out, before we had the fire.

When we moved back to our house and started unpacking the boxes, I collected my sewing material and kept an eye out for the cutted pieces and the muslin of the Brigitte Dress. When we went through all of our boxes, I still hadn’t found the missing skirt piece. 

I did find the cleaned gingham fabric, but I didn’t have enough to cut a new skirt. Luckily, I also found the muslin of the bodice. But if I wanted to finish this dress I had to find the missing piece.

 It was at the end of october that I found the missing piece. We went to a flea market to sell some things. I found the skirt piece in one of the boxes we took with us. I really don’t know how it got there, and how I could miss it when I fill the boxes with things to sell?!? 

 So, in october I could start sewing this dress, but I didn’t know how to start. I couldn’t remember how far I had progressed and I thought I had to start all over again because I missed the traced/graded patterns. Until last week. I finally had enough courage to take a look at the muslin and try it on. It wasn’t that bad at all! It gave me motivation to finally finish the dress. 

  

I really like this classic 60s model, a fitted body and a wide skirt. I wear it with my petticoat to give it extra volume. My main inspiration was Brigitte Bardots gingham dress as the name suggests. I fell in love with the combination of gingham and lace.

When I took pictures I was a bit whimsical(?). Can you see what I changed during the photoshoot?

I hope you like it! 🙂

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1930s

Vogue 8767

By on April 24, 2013

This morning I finished Vogue 8767, a 30s reproduction pattern, and I wanted to share the result with you!

I was really in need of a new spring dress, and I think this dress is perfect. I love the jabot, belt and puffed sleeves!

The construction of this dress went so smoothly, I even got a bit scared 😛

I didn’t make any alterations to the pattern and this time I didn’t make a muslin.

The dress has a lapped hand picked zipper in the sideseam.

I did practice hand picked zippers during sewing course last year, but didn’t do the real thing until now!

It always feels good if you master a new sewing skill and when a project goes so well!

There’s more on my blog 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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1940s

The notorious Simplicity 3688 trousers

By on April 16, 2013

I had this pattern in my stash for a while, but didn’t think of using it until the Sew For Victory Sewalong. This pattern was used by a couple of sewalongers and it inspired me of making my own version!

I’m not really a trousers girl. Most often I wear skirts or dresses. I own a couple of trousers, mainly I use them when I have to work in the garden or in the house. Those I have for more practical reasons. I have one pair of trousers I just love and wear every now and then. I could really use another pair of trousers which I like aesthetically.
I didn’t make any alterations except for making the trouser legs a bit longer. I have really tall legs, so I was afraid that the original pattern would be too short for me. I added like 9 cm. I have to
say that I’m really glad with this length.
The pattern is soo easy to construct! The descriptions are clear. The only thing I would change is to start with the zipper instead of being sewn in when the construction is far more progressed.
The blouse I’m wearing is also made by me, it’s one of my favourite blouses! 
I think this will be a great wardrobe staple, and is really filling in a gap in my wardrobe. I have quite some blouses and cardigans which I can wear with these trousers!

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